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Update for 4th December
 
May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973)
 
Fr. Matt will be leaving us at the end of the year, and on Sunday 8th December, following the service of Nine Lessons and Carols, we shall have a reception to honour him and to thank him for all the work he has done, both here and at St. Alban’s.  At that reception we shall present him with a suitable gift, and if you would like to contribute to that, please speak to a Warden.
 
Fr. Bill’s sermon for Sunday 1st December can be found on the church website, or you can just click on:
Please pray this week for:
Baby Ellie plus Danny and Sarah; Susan and Edward; Ray and Mary Anne; Lindsay and Dane plus Jack; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Dorothy and Toby plus Lindsay- Teresa and family; Brenda; Laurel and Rob; Ruth; Julia and John; Karla and Rob plus Ben and Tom; Judi; Margaret; Phyllis, Amanda; Bruce; Linda; Penny; Yvonne; Sangeeta and Raj; Chris; Wes, Michael, Robin, Elizabeth, David, George, Helen, Mary, Debbie, Theo, Susan, Stephanie, Amanda, Kathleen, Ray, Loraine, Cooper and John.
Pray for all University, college and other students preparing for exams and finishing papers and facing the end of term.
Rest in Peace,  Terry Head. May the soul of Terry find rest eternal and rise in Glory and all those who mourn find comfort and strength.
Rest in Peace,  Rosalie Hopkins. May God grant rest eternal unto the soul of our dearly departed Rosalie and let light perpetual shine upon her; may her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
Please keep Rosalie’s family and many friends in your prayers asking that they may find strength and comfort as they mourn.
 
Resources.   Two different daily devotional booklets, “Our Daily Bread” and “Forward Day by Day”, both in regular and large print, are available for you in the Narthex.
 
Cycle of Prayer for December
Transformation – Transforming Society:
“To seek to transform unjust structures of society”, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation, is a call to go beyond charitable giving and help change a world that creates human needs. To join in God’s work in building the Kingdom by transforming society.
Prayer:
Lord, let the fire of your goodness and justice burn into us and through us, that we may seek to transform the unjust structures of society. Let your glory fill this place,
Let your glory fill this world!
We honour ministries in support of TRANSFORMING SOCIETY: the Fourth Mark of Mission-
Support for: New Comers To Canada and LIRSA, North East Neighbourhood Group, Marriage Cannon Work, Pride walk, Crisis Response, PWRDF, London Food Coalition
 
Lunch Bunch The next meeting of this energetic group will be on Friday 13th December, for their annual Christmas lunch!  Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by lunch at around noon.  This time, Turkey, dressing and gravy  will be provided.  Please bring your favourite vegetable, salad, dessert, wine, etc. for all to share.  There are sign-up sheets in the Narthex for you to indicate what you intend bringing, or, if you haven’t decided yet, please call Glenda Hayward to let her know  (519-951-8154).
Everyone is invited to share in this festive event, bring your friends too!!
   
St. Jude’s Christmas Share:  For the past seven years the children and youth of St. Jude’s have put on a bake sale to raise money to support area families for Christmas.  To date we have provided Christmas gifts and food gift cards to about 25 families.  We would like to continue this outreach initiative again this year.  The Outreach committee has a family of five that they would like sponsored for Christmas.  There are many other London families that could also benefit from our generosity.  This year donations can be made on  Sunday December 8th.  Please put your donation in a clearly marked envelope “St. Jude’s Christmas Share” and place it on the offering plate during worship.  Thank you for your support of this important ministry.
A shopping trip will be made in the following two weeks to purchase gifts for the families we sponsor.  Volunteers are needed to help with the shopping.  Please contact Michelle Davis at 519-317-1778 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Father Bill or a Warden if you are able help.
 
St. Paul’s Christmas Share 2019
St. Paul’s Social Services looks forward to the opportunity to support many individuals and families with our Christmas Share programme. 
To support our Christmas Share programme, a cheque*, cash or one-time donation via credit card prior to December 21st  is most welcome.  Many thanks to all of you for your generosity and continuing support of St. Paul’s Social Services  Thank you for sharing with those in need this Christmas!
*Please make cheque payable to: St. Paul’s Social Services, and indicate Christmas Share on the memo line. 472 Richmond Street, London ON, N6A 3E6.
 
Christmas flowers: look in your mailbox for a letter from the Chancel Guild inviting you to donate towards the flowers and decorations for our Christmas services. Your gift envelopes must be returned to the church by Sunday 16th  December so that your dedication can be included in the Christmas Bulletins.
 
Daily Bread.  Next Daily Bread Sunday is 8th December, and they have requested Coffee, tea, canned soups, cereals, macaroni and cheese, canned meat (eg. ham, tuna salmon and chicken) and non perishable fresh produce. Suggestions could include potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, squash
(varieties like spaghetti, acorn, butternut, Hubbard), beets, turnip, bagged carrots and apples in season.
 
Sunday School!  Continues this Sunday at the 10.00 am service time, and each Sunday after that, all this thanks to Cindy Warner, one of our new members, who is taking a central role in this project.
 
Calendars.  Anglican Church calendars for 2020 are now available, at the unchanged and bargain price of $10.00.  See Anne Patton, or any Chancel Guild member, to get your package of 2020 dates!
 
Stamps!!  As you receive Christmas cards this year, don’t forget to save the stamps - they can be used to buy Bibles.
 
Envelopes It will soon be time for offering envelopes to be made available for 2020, but if you wish to change the envelope set you now have, or wish to have envelopes if you don’t already, please let the office know as soon as possible.  If you have enough, or wish to stop having envelopes, or change to direct debit, also let the office know.
   
FundScrip Rick will be in the Narthex this Sunday 8th December to take your card orders.  Please note that this is your last opportunity before Christmas, and they make great stocking stuffers!
 
The Deanery of London is invited to “Contextual Bible Studies for Advent” with Bishop Terry Dance at St. George’s Anglican Church, 227 Wharncliffe Road N.  Four Wednesday evenings – December 4th, 11th and 18th at 6.45 pm - coffee, tea and goodies; 7.00 - 8.00 pm Bible Study.  Parking - enter off St. Patrick St. to school yard behind the church hall.  Accessible entrance at the Atrium door off Wharncliffe Rd.
 
Children’s Messiah   On Saturday 7th December at 2.30 pm  in St. Paul’s Cathedral, a  performance of Handel’s Messiah especially adapted for children.  Featuring the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, and the El Sistema South London Chamber orchestra.  This event is free and open to all - remember  to bring your dancing shoes!!  Cookies and hot chocolate after the performance!!
 
A Christmas Celebration at St. George’s Church, (Wharncliffe and Oxford) at 2.30 pm on Sunday 8th December.  Featuring “Carol Cantata”, a 20th century work telling the Christmas story with original carols in the musical styles of eight nations.  Adults $20.00, students $15.00 and families $40.00.  See the poster in the Narthex for more details.
 
Kairos Indigenous Blanket Exercise, an adult workshop in Reconciliation.  These exercises explore  500 years of Canadian history from an indigenous perspective, and there are several exercise events planned for 2020, and one on Tuesday 10th December at the Beacock Library, 1280 Huron Street, from 5.30 to 8.30 pm.  No charge for these, but you are advised to book your place since they are limited.  See the poster in the Narthex for full details.